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NEW SEASON ANNOUNCED / DIGITAL RESTORATIONS OF CLASSIC FILMS / SUN 9 — MON 31 JULY

Posted: Thu 29 Jun

NEW SEASON ANNOUNCED / DIGITAL RESTORATIONS OF CLASSIC FILMS / SUN 9 — MON 31 JULY

Our new programme arrives from the printer this Friday with a season of classic films that have been recently digitally restored and re-released.

The season kicks off with the BFI’s re-release of Julie Dash’s 1993 debut feature Daughters of the Dust. Restored for its 25th anniversary, the film is about a family struggling with the decision to migrate from their sea island home off the coast of South Carolina to the mainland. It’s now widely known Beyoncé’s visual album release Lemonade drew very heavily on the visuals of this important release.

Second in the season is Woody Allen’s black and white love letter to New York - Manhattan. Released in 1979 and nominated for two Oscars (Best Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mariel Hemingway), the film follows 42-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis who hates his job, has a 17-year-old girlfriend he doesn't love, and a lesbian ex-wife who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage.

The third film in this season is the digital restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1921 groundbreaking allegorical fantasy Der Müde Tod (Destiny). Rich in expressionist imagery, it has often been overlooked amongst Lang’s early work, but has been hugely influential on directors such as Alfred Hitchcock.

The season ends with the 50th anniversary re-release of one of the most iconic films in American cinema history - The Graduate. Mike Nichols’ portrait of America, released in 1967, captured the mood of disaffected youth in 1960s California and made Dustin Hoffman into an enduring star of the screen.

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